Sarah received superb one-to-one midwife care for the birth of her second daughter and had a VBAC birth in The Rosie delivery unit. Here’s her story…
“My first daughter was born by elective caesarean (ELCS) on 31st May 2012 after a scan at 38 weeks showed she was breech. I attempted a ECV (an external cephalic version is when an obstetrician tries to manually turn the baby into a head-down position), which I found horrendous, but it failed. The ELCS was booked for when she was 39 +1 weeks and all went absolutely fine.
I assumed with my second pregnancy that I would be given the option of another caesarean or to try for a vaginal birth (VBAC). In the first few months I was thinking an ELCS may be best as I knew what to expect and could plan and prepare for it. It wasn’t until I had a meeting at the VBAC clinic, at around 22 weeks, that I realised the emphasis is very much on trying for a vaginal birth. A second ELCS was not considered as an option. The midwife I had the meeting with assured me the odds were in my favour of having a safe and straightforward VBAC and I left feeling empowered and determined to achieve it. It wasn’t until this point that I realised how cheated I felt that for my first birth I didn’t even experience a single contraction.
My second daughter was born on 10th September 2014, a VBAC! The whole experience was amazing. I was happy to deliver in the delivery unit and never raised the possibility of going to the Rosie Birth Centre as for me knowing I would be closely monitored was a reassurance. My midwife, Alberto, barely left the room from the time I arrived (around 3am) to the time my daughter was born at 11.59am. He kept me so calm and I never lost the feeling of control. When he told me her head was out, I remember saying: “Does this mean I definitely won’t need a caesarean?” and when he replied that I definitely was going to do it all myself (just on gas and air) I burst into tears! I was so proud of myself.
The recovery was so much easier after a vaginal birth and particularly second time round having to run around after a toddler I was so grateful to have been given the support to achieve my VBAC.
So, both my birth experiences were positive and I cannot fault the maternity staff at the Rosie at all. My husband and I have always said we will only have two children and after such great births a part of me is sad to know I won’t experience that magical time again.
There’s information about this hospital on The Rosie’s Hospital VBAC data page, including its VBAC guidelines and VBAC rates.
And for monthly face-to-face support, there’s the Cambridge Birth Choices free drop-in group, held on the second Friday of the month at Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre and the last Friday of the month at Stir Cafe.